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The Segundo de Chomón Collection

Segundo Víctor Aurelio Chomón y Ruiz (17 October 1871, Teruel, Aragon - 2 May 1929) was a pioneering Spanish film director. He produced many short films in France while working for Pathé Frères and has been compared to Georges Méliès, due to his frequent camera tricks and optical illusions. He became involved in film through his wife, who was an actress in Pathé films. In 1902 he became a concessionary for Pathé in Barcelona, distributing its product in Spanish-speaking countries, and managing a factory for the colouring of Pathé films. He began shooting actuality films of Spanish locations for the company, then 1905 moved to Paris where he became a trick film specialist.



The body of work he created over five years was outstanding. Films such as Le Spectre Rouge, Kiriki Acrobates Japonais, Le Voleur Invisible and Une Excursion Incohérente are among the most imaginative and technically accomplished of their age; fantastical narratives embellished with ingenious effects, gorgeous colour, innovative hand-drawn and puppet animation, tricks of the eye that surprise and delight, and startling turns of surreal imagination (see, for example, the worms that crawl out of a chocolate cake in Une Excursion Incohérente, one of a number of films where visitors or tourists are beset by nightmarish haunted buildings, a favourite de Chomón theme). Wikipedia

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Sadly, only a fragment of this film seems to have survived. Fortunately, we are here to view it. I don't know about you but watching this made me want to go play outside. Maybe it was the jumping water sprites? Director: Segundo de Chomón Writer: Segundo de Chomón Stars: Julienne Mathieu Country: France Language: French Release Date: 23 November 1907 (USA) Also Known As: The Enchanted Pond Production Co: Pathé Frères Sound Mix: Silent Color: Black and White
Topics: Gen X, Segundo de Chomón, Short Film, Silent Film, Fantasy, Fragment, Julienne Mathieu
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1909 Segundo de Chomón La Leçon de Musique (The Music Lesson)
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1907 Segundo de Chomón Le Scarabe d'or (The Golden Beetle) Note: This film is often incorrectly attributed to Ferdinand Zecca, a very talented comtemporary film-maker who often collaborated on films with Segundo de Chomón through Pathé Frères, for its direction. Weird, creative, and colorful, the visuals in "The Golden Beetle" are as spectacular as anything made in the early years of cinema. This had to have taken both a lot of skill and a lot of work to plan and execute. It uses...
Topics: Gen X, Segundo de Chomón, Short Film, Silent Film, Fantasy
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1910 Segundo de Chomón Flema Inglesa (Fallen Spirit)
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A grocer electrifies his goods to prevent thieves from running off with his ware. Unfortunately, the current can't tell the difference between thieves and other people... Director: Segundo de Chomón Writer: Segundo de Chomón Country: France Language: French Production Co: Pathé Frères Sound Mix: Silent Color: Black and White Also Known As (AKA) The Electric Current Release Date 1906
Topics: Gen X, Segundo de Chomón, Short Film, Silent Film, Comedy
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Une nuit épouvantable aka Robert Macaire and Bertrand UK aka A Dreadful Night UK aka A Terrible Night USA Directed by Segundo de Chomón Country: France 1905 Length 40 Metres Run Time: 2 minutes A poor soldier of fortune comes to an inn to enjoy a rest but he reckons with an evil spirit. After several unsuccessful attempts over each other, it is blown away by a tremendous explosion which ripped through the house. He walks out. gasping amid the rubble.
Topics: Gen X, Segundo de Chomón, Silent Film, Short Film, Fantasy
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An artist is painting the portrait of a young woman dressed in a country costume in his attic studio. The landlord demands the rent, but the artist has no money and forces the landlord out. The model tries to comfort him, but he throws her out too. Dancing safes appear and he takes bags of gold coins out of them. A woman fairy appears and she transports them to a palace. Soldiers march in and a troupe of women dancers perform. The scene changes to an area before a fountain, but everyone...
Topics: Gen X, Segundo de Chomón, Silent Film, Short Film, Drama
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1909 Segundo de Chomón Une Excursion Incohérente (A Tour Inconsistent)
Topics: Gen X, Segundo de Chomón, Silent Film, Short Film, Fantasy
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A musical event by Segundo de Chomón
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1909 Segundo de Chomón L'Araignée D'or The Gold Spider by Segundo de Chomón "L'Araignée d'or" (The Golden Spider 1909) is an excellent short film that tells a fantastic and delightful story wherein a lumberjack, who shares his strange adventure with the audience by looking directly into the camera, follows four gnomes during their peculiar stroll through the forest. In a pond of water, the gnomes pick up a golden spider who has special and profit making abilities. They take him to...
Topics: Gen X, Segundo de Chomón, Silent Film, Short Film, Fantasy
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The Magic Mirror with Julienne Mathieu directed by Segundo de Chomón.
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1908 Segundo de Chomón L'insaisissable Pickpocket
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A compilation of views of Toledo showing bridges, walls and other architectural highlights that appear to date from as early as the 8th century by Segundo de Chomón.
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Topics: Public Domain, Gen X, Silent Movie, Short Film, Segundo de Chomón, Documentary, Tolède
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The story of Tom Thumb, re-released in the US as a split reel along with the documentary The Hermit Crab in 1922. Country: France Language: French Release Date: 10 September 1909 (USA) Director: Segundo de Chomón Writers: Segundo de Chomón (writer) Charles Perrault (writer) Distributors Pathé Frères (1909) (France) (theatrical) Pathé Frères (1909) (USA) (theatrical) General Film Company (1912) (USA) (theatrical) (re-release)
Topics: Segundo de Chomón, Fairy Tale, Tom Thumb, Fantasy
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1908 Segundo de Chomón Sculpteur Moderne (Modern Sculptor or Modern Sculpture)
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How do you deal with an invisible thief? ORIGINAL TITLE Le voleur invisible YEAR 1909 DIRECTOR Segundo de Chomón SCREENWRITER Segundo de Chomón CINEMATOGRAPHER Segundo de Chomón Country: France Language: French Release Date: 1909 (France) Production Co: Pathé Frères Sound Mix: Silent Color: Black and White
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A sorcerer draws signs on the sand making charming young women. Director: Segundo de Chomón Writer: Segundo de Chomón Country: France Language: French Release Date: 1906 Also Known As: El brujo arabe (Spain) The Arabic Sorcere (English) Production Co: Pathé Frères Pathé Frères Film Catalogue no. 1446
Topics: Gen X, Segundo de Chomón, Fantasy, Hand-Coloured
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The Cigar Box (1907)
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Loie Fuller, American dancer and theatre innovator known as the 'Butterfly Girl' and inventing the 'Serpentine Dance', often performed at Folies Bergère and was so revered she did Danse Serpentine for Lumière films. She was the first American modern dancer to perform in Europe and introduced Isadora Duncan to Europe as well. Her spouse was Gabrielle Bloch and a wonderful 1902 portrait of Loie can be found here, by Frederick Glasier http://www.shorpy.com/node/1641?size=_original
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Three young children set up a table, and on the table is placed a miniature stage. The stage curtain opens, a carpet appears, and then the carpet unrolls by itself. Two puppet figures then come out and begin to perform a series of routines. ORIGINAL TITLE Le théâtre électrique de Bob (S) YEAR 1909 DIRECTOR Segundo de Chomón SCREENWRITER Ferdinand Zecca COMPOSER Silent Movie CINEMATOGRAPHER B&W Country: France Language: French Release Date: April 1906 (USA) USA 18 October 1909...
Topics: Gen X, Segundo de Chomón, Silent Film, Short Film, Comedy, Animation, Stop-Motion
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NOTE: Only a fragment of this film survives. Here is what remains. By the time this short subject came out, Segundo de Chomón had bested Georges Melies at his own game. His camera magic was as fully developed as Melies. His sense of humor was sharper and his scenes had invaded the real world. Many of the shots of this split-reel short about a bizarre group of tramp musicians who disappear into and out of drums, beach umbrellas and whatnots are shot in the street and the others are on stages...
Topics: Gen X, Segundo de Chomón, Short Film, Silent Film, Fantasy
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A sculptor and his assistant quickly make a creation. Director: Segundo de Chomón Stars: Julienne Mathieu Country: France Language: French Release Date: 3 August 1907 (USA) 1907 (France) Production Companies: Pathé Frères Distributors: Pathé Frères (1907) (France and USA) (theatrical) Sound Mix: Silent Color: Black and White Also Known As (AKA) Le sculpteur express France (original title) The Express Sculptor USA
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Topics: Gen X, Segundo de Chomón, Fantasy, Comedy, Julienne Mathieu
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Easter Eggs by Segundo de Chomón
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Les Roses Magique (The Magic Roses) 1906 by Segundo de Chomón Pathé Frères Film Catalogue no. 1560
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Fantastic Iris by Segundo de Chomón
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Creation of the Serpentine starring Loie Fuller by Segundo de Chomón
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The creation of tulips is a delicate and magical thing... Director: Segundo de Chomón Writer: Segundo de Chomón Cinematographer: Segundo de Chomón Country: France Language: French Release Date: 4 January 1908 (USA) 1907 (France) Production Companies: Pathé Frères Distributors: Pathé Frères (theatrical) (1907) (France) 1908 (USA) Sound Mix: Silent Color: Color (stencil tinted) Also Known As (AKA) Les tulipes France (original title) The Tulips USA
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A conjurer in Chinese garb jumps out of a box that's about two feet wide and six inches high. He conjures an assistant from the same box plus a young woman, who then disappears into the box. He continuously picks up the box and shows us the empty inside. Next, he removes many small boxes from the larger box, stacks them on top of each other after making a base row of six or seven. The stacked boxes (magic bricks) become a movie screen, revealing the image of a laughing child. The magician...
Topics: GenX, Segundo de Chomón, Magician, Fantasy
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1907 Segundo de Chomón Satan s'amuse (Satan has fun)
Topics: Gen X, Segundo de Chomón, Silent Film, Short Film, Fantasy, Horror
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The Lunatics 1908 by Segundo de Chomón
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Les Kiriki Japanese Acrobats by Segundo de Chomón
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The Rajah's Casket A lush moorish or turkic-inspired set design & gorgeous costumes makes The Rajah's Casket a visual thrill. Sundry characters gather before the young rajah, presenting him with gifts, including a casket or treasure chest which is soon stolen by means of magic. A fakir is brought forth who does some sword & fire magic to help uncover the culprit who stole the treasure chest. The fakir leads the Rajah to a room with an enormous window, through which a horned djinn is...
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